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Inspire & Ignite Blog


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  • From the Heart of Regis Jesuit

    Inspire & Ignite is a weekly blog published during the school year that is designed to share the stories of the mission and community in action at Regis Jesuit High School—what gives us wings and what impassions us in the service of God.



    Anthony Mattacchione
    When our students return from Christmas Break, our juniors and seniors will spend two weeks immersed in direct service through Service Projects with the girls serving the first two weeks back and then the boys following them at the end of January. The purpose of Service Projects and all the efforts of the Regis Jesuit Ignatian Service and Immersion programs is to increase student awareness of the community they live in and the world beyond the brick and mortar of Campbell Campus. These opportunities encourage students to grow in solidarity with the people of their local community, especially the poor and those living on the margins of society. When developing and reviewing these programs, we hope our students will challenge themselves to live simply, value the relationships they form, seek for the truth behind the injustices, while living their faith and spirituality all for the greater glory of God.
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  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat


    Communications Office
    Following last week's celebration of Thanksgiving, and as the first semester winds down and we continue our preparation for Christ's coming, we thought we would share with you some highlights in photos from the year so far for which we are especially grateful.
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    Nick Fagnant '02
    The Exodus, the epic story at the heart of Hebrew spirituality, lands the natural center of the semester in which we study the Old Testament in our yearlong journey through scripture in sophomore theology. The Lord said, “I have witnessed the affliction of my people in Egypt and have heard their cry against their taskmasters, so I know well what they are suffering. Therefore, I have come down – to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and lead them up from that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey.” (Ex: 3:7-8a) The Creator of the Universe cares so much about the suffering of enslaved people, He enters human history in order to free them.
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    Jimmy Tricco
    As a 14-year-old, the last thing I wanted to do was spend the weekend at my Jesuit high school, especially when particularly intimidating senior students referred to Freshman Retreat as “initiation.” The word initiation tends to carry with it a negative connotation in our society—having to perform something utterly ridiculous to attain acceptance into a group. You know, like spend the weekend at school. It didn’t help that the senior students allegedly responsible for modeling appropriate behavior had recently gathered all of my freshman classmates on the field prior to the first class of the day, asked us to remove our shoes and promptly tossed them into a large pile as the first bell rang… So, you could probably guess my excitement at the prospect of spending time with seniors and juniors for a whole weekend on campus. 

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    Catherine Cole
    “The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire is from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.” – Barbara Kingsolver

    Next weekend, Regis Jesuit will send a delegation of students and teachers to Washington D.C. for the Ignatian Family Teach-In. The Teach-In has been going on for the past 22 years, beginning in the 90s with a desire to remember and honor the Jesuits and their companions who were martyred in 1989 in El Salvador. Regis Jesuit began participating in the Teach-In in 2005, sending a delegation of two girls with two chaperones. Today, about 2000 students from Jesuit high schools, universities and other members of the Ignatian Family—including 14 students and four adults from RJ—will meet to learn, reflect, pray, network and advocate together. They gather to be a voice for the voiceless and to seek justice for all, particularly those on the margins.
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    David Card '87
    By the time I had graduated from college, I realized that the educational opportunities I had received were unlikely. In a sense, I had overachieved. Based on my parents’ incomes, there is no way I should have been able access a private, Catholic and Jesuit education, kindergarten through college. But, that’s exactly what I did, and I’ll never forget what others were willing to do for me. To say the impact was life-changing is putting it mildly. The opportunities I received had been presented to me through a combination of my parents’ sweat equity and the value that the schools I attended placed on providing access to kids like me.
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    Sophia Marcinek ’20
    I thought that I had seen it all up until recently. I have had the opportunity to travel widely, and I was convinced that I knew what the world had to offer. But after traveling with RJ Media to Tijuana, Mexico, I realized that I haven’t yet begun to scratch the surface.
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    Jimmy Tricco
    One of the countless graces experienced in my role at Regis Jesuit is the opportunity to observe inspiring teaching and learning. Whether a scheduled classroom visit or an informal pop-in, one will find our teachers and students engaged in all sorts of activities, lessons and discussions nurturing growth. Occasionally, on retreat, at Service Projects or in the classroom, we experience what Ignatian educators call a “cannonball moment,” referring to the cannonball that shattered St. Ignatius’s leg at the fort in Pamplona, ultimately changing the trajectory of his life. Both teachers and students may encounter these ineffable moments, calling us to reconsider our identity and way of proceeding.
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    Christina Vela and Rosalba González-Hill
    In 1949 Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk, writer, theologian, mystic, poet, social activist and scholar of comparative religion wrote that, "It is easy enough to tell the poor to accept their poverty as God's will when you yourself have warm clothes and plenty of food and medical care and a roof over your head and no worry about the rent. But if you want them to believe you, try to share some of their poverty, and see if you can accept it as God's will yourself.”
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    David Card '87
    Among the many gifts of our wonderfully rich Ignatian heritage is a prayer technique called imaginative prayer. Specifically, we are encouraged to take a scripture passage and imagine ourselves in the scene, taking note of all of our sensory experiences as we insert ourselves into the scene – what we can see, what the noise of the surrounding crowd is like, what we might imagine we would smell if we were in the setting being described. We might take on the persona of one of the characters in the scene and try to imagine that character’s sensations, what they are feeling or thinking.
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    Sam Stern '20
    In August, I came back to Regis Jesuit for my senior year and it was like coming home. After having a summer of a lifetime, full of working and making memories, I was ready to get back into the high school groove.
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    Chris Cela '71
    Editor's Note: In celebration of Homecoming this weekend and our fooball game with Mullen, we are delighted to share a reminiscence of another matchup on the gridiron between the Raiders and Mustangs shared by one of our Great Raider alums from the Class of 1971.

    It was Sunday, October 31, 1965. Mass at Blessed Sacrament was at 9:00 o'clock in the morning and then back home for some breakfast before the 11:00 am Packers vs. Lions game with Ray Scott making the call. But the real excitement that day was the highly anticipated Mullen vs. Regis game at Regis Stadium scheduled for 3:00 that afternoon right after the 1:00 pm Holy Family vs. Machebeuf matchup. It was a glinting fall day, perfect for football.
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    Eric Ramirez, SJ
    It was a brisk Friday morning today, but all of the RJ community gathered on McNicholas Green under the shadow of the Steele Center and in the resolute gaze of St. John Francis Regis to celebrate our annual Mass of the Holy Spirit. 

    Since 1548 at the Jesuit School in Messina in Italy, the Society of Jesus has invoked the Holy Spirit at the beginning of our academic year. Regis Jesuit joined in spiritual with bonds with schools all over the world in this shared practice. We were fortunate enough this year to be able to have Bishop Jorge Rodriguez come and lead our celebration with us this year.
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    Communications Office
    The intended blogger for this week had an unexpected complication arise. So we thought we would share some highlights of this past week in photos to tell the story of Regis Jesuit just about a month in to the 2019-20 school year. Click the Read More feature to see the full gallery with brief descriptions of each event captured over the last seven days.
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    Jim Broderick King '87 and Annie Etling
    Editor’s Note: This past July, Jim Broderick King ’87, Director of Ignatian Spirituality & Formation, and Annie Etling, Faculty & Curriculum Coordinator, joined 12 people from other Jesuit schools around the U.S. on a two-week pilgrimage. They walked along the Camino Ignaciano, following the path that St. Ignatius traveled from his hometown of Loyola to the city of Manresa.

    Here are their reflections on that experience along with their spiritual guide, Fr. José Iriberri, SJ, referred to as Father here, recorded somewhat accurately from creative memory.

    January 2019 | RJHS
    AE: So, we’re really doing this?! We’re going to walk St. Ignatius’ steps through Spain?!
    JBK: Yeah! This is really going to happen! I’m feeling pretty adventurous. Can you imagine? Barcelona, Ignatius’ cave, eating paella, some healthy pilgrim strolls, eating tapas, churches, museums! This is going to be amazing!
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    Charisse Broderick King
    It was late June in Chicago when more than 500 people from 96 different schools and institutions in North America arrived on the lakeshore campus of Loyola University to bunk in dorms for the week. Though there was a level of nostalgia in going back to college and reliving dorm life for a short while (though those plastic-covered mattresses are even worse in middle age), the call to colloquy with colleagues across the country and beyond was the true purpose of this gathering.
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    Jimmy Tricco
    On Compass Day, I teased the freshman parents about the ways in which they navigated the first day of school drop-off. There were the slow, “driving-away-while-snapping phone-photos” parents who watched as their children entered the raucous gang of cheers. Then there were the “walk-you-halfway-to-the-entrance” parents who gently nudged their children to the aforementioned raucous gang of cheers. Finally, there were the “you-can’t-stop-me-I’m-coming-in-too” parents who accompanied their children through the pandemonium of welcome. Each method beautiful to behold.
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    Sajit Kabadi
    Welcome back everyone. I hope all of you enjoyed the summer and created some wonderful memories with loved ones. This week our entire staff gathered together for our annual back-to-school festivities beginning with our day-long retreat on Tuesday at Our Lady of Loreto Parish. We spent that day and the rest of this week praying, reflecting and dialoguing with one another on our theme for this school year: Igniting Hope.
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    David Card '87
    People who are familiar with Regis Jesuit High School hear the word Kairos quite a bit. Indeed, our Kairos retreat program is often identified by our students, alumni and their parents as one of the most transformative experiences they had during their time at Regis Jesuit.

    We often talk about the meaning of the Greek word Kairos as “the Lord’s time.” While a faithful, pragmatic person might ask, “When isn’t it the Lord’s time?” (True!) For us the word carries specific meaning for our program and community.
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    Hannah Smith '20
    Last semester, my freshman year theology teacher introduced me to what has quickly become one of my favorite movies: Cool Hand Luke with Paul Newman. Our conversation about the film started after I donated a game to his classroom that I had picked up in Estes Park over the summer. It’s called “I Found Jesus,” and it is similar to Elf on the Shelf, except instead of hiding an elf, you hide a small plastic statue of Jesus, and whoever finds it must shout, “I found Jesus!” Points are awarded in loaves and fishes; they multiply the more you seek and find plastic Jesus. It felt like an apt game to give the teacher who first helped me find Jesus, not hiding in the corner of a bookshelf or under a stack of paper, but enthroned in the hearts of the people around me.
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    David Card '87
    What a proud a gratifying moment this week when our most famous alumna, Missy Franklin ’13, came home for a visit. And despite the fact that we are talking about a six-time Olympic medal winner, five of those gold, Missy’s address to our students was not about her athletic achievements. Rather, it was about her humanity and vulnerability. Missy came to talk about her struggles with anxiety and depression–something many of our students know plenty about. About one in five teens today experience depression.
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About the Blog

The blog features a post from the President's Office on the first Friday, one from the Mission, Ministry & Diversity team on the second and one from the Principal's Office on the third Friday of each month. The other Fridays feature posts from students and guest bloggers.

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